Nantucket Memorial Airport
|Nantucket Memorial Airport|
|Owner||Town of Nantucket|
|Operator||Nantucket Memorial Airport Commission|
|Hub for||Cape Air
|Elevation AMSL||48 ft / 15 m|
FAA Airport Diagram
Nantucket Memorial Airport (IATA: ACK, ICAO: KACK, FAA LID: ACK) is a public airport on the south side of the island of Nantucket in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The airport is owned by the Town of Nantucket and is located three miles (5 km) southeast of the town. It is the second-busiest airport in the state, after Logan International Airport due to intense corporate travel to and from the island in the busy summer months.
- Runway 6/24: 6,303 ft × 150 ft (1,921 m × 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
- Runway 12/30: 2,696 ft × 50 ft (822 m × 15 m), Surface: Asphalt
- Runway 15/33: 4,000 ft × 100 ft (1,219 m × 30 m), Surface: Asphalt
For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2006, the airport had 163,810 aircraft operations, an average of 448 per day: 74% air taxi, 26% general aviation, <1% scheduled commercial and military. In 2006, there were 33 aircraft based at this airport: 48% single engine, 48% multi-engine and 2% helicopters. However, these numbers are older and the newer statistics are probably much higher, as corporate air travel to and from the island has increased over the years.
In the late 1930s, a man named Holm began allowing the Town of Nantucket to use fields on his property as an airfield. Holm's farmhouse, located at the intersection of Old South and Nobadeer Farm Roads, is still standing today, although airport buildings have been built around the farmhouse.
During World War II, the U.S. Navy took control of the airport and operated it as Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Nantucket. The Navy constructed temporary bunkers and buildings, of which the buildings were torn down after the war. The bunkers, which were constructed using concrete and steel, are currently used for airport storage.
Terminal and facilities
In 2009, the terminal was updated with an upgrade of the previous 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) and an expansion of 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) at a cost of approximately $29 million. A major goal of the expansion was to increase the capacity of the terminal substantially over the original 1950s facility. Another goal was to segregate air-taxi passengers, who do not require security screening, from airline passengers, who do.
The airport apron for commercial aircraft has eight parking stands for Cessna 402 aircraft mainly operated by Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines. There are also four larger parking stands for JetBlue E190s, American Airlines CRJ-200/CRJ-700/CRJ-900s, Delta CRJ-200/ERJ-145s and United Dash 8 Q-200 aircraft. More stands are available if needed. Most of the parking is reserved for general aviation aircraft, with parking for the larger, commercial services located on the north side of the terminal.
Airlines and destinations
|American Eagle||Seasonal: New York–LaGuardia, Washington–National|
|Cape Air||Boston, Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard,
Seasonal: White Plains
|Delta Connection||Seasonal: New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia|
|JetBlue Airways||Seasonal: Boston, New York–JFK, Washington–National|
|Nantucket Airlines||Hyannis, New Bedford|
|Reliant Air||Seasonal charter: Danbury, White Plains|
|Tradewind Aviation||Seasonal charter: Teterboro, White Plains|
|United Express||Seasonal: Newark|
Up through the 1990s, a variety of other carriers served the airport, some of which used jet airliners as large as McDonnell Douglas DC-9s. These included such major carriers as American Airlines and Continental Airlines. Business Express, a Delta Air Lines' Connection air carrier, also operated seasonal jet flights into Nantucket utilizing British Aerospace BAe 146-200 aircraft. Up until 1989, Provincetown-Boston Airlines served Nantucket, using Douglas DC-3 aircraft. The airport is currently home to a variety of general aviation aircraft, ranging from Piper J-3 Cubs to Boeing Business Jets in the summer months. Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden visited the island for seven thanksgivings during his eight year term, bringing with him his Boeing 757 Air Force Two transport as well as his C-17. His 757 currently the largest aircraft ever to land and takeoff from Nantucket. The largest regularly scheduled passenger service airliner was the DC-9, operated by Continental Express. Currently it is JetBlue's Embraer 190. Prior to the American Airlines/US Airways merger, American Airlines did not operate to Nantucket. However, they now operate the American Eagle Embraer 175.
Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines
It is important to note that Cape Air acquired Nantucket Airlines and now operates the aircraft as Cape Air flights, though keeping their original Nantucket Airlines paint scheme. Anywhere in this article that mentions Nantucket Airlines is referring to Cape Air flights. Nantucket Airlines also operated the Cessna 402 aircraft.
|1||Boston, Massachusetts||39,550||Cape Air, JetBlue|
|2||New York–JFK, New York||34,940||Delta Connection, JetBlue|
|3||Hyannis, Massachusetts||16,970||Cape Air, Nantucket Airlines|
|4||Washington–National, D.C.||10,430||American Eagle, JetBlue|
|5||New Bedford, Massachusetts||5,200||Cape Air|
|6||White Plains, New York||4,120||Cape Air|
|7||Newark, New Jersey||3,160||United Express|
|8||New York–LaGuardia, New York||2,390||American Eagle, Delta Connection|
|9||Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts||2,100||Cape Air|
- FAA Airport Master Record for ACK ( PDF), retrieved 2007-03-15
- Nantucket Master Airport Plan, Chapter 3. Accessed May 4, 2014
- Gerber, Greg (September–October 2009). "Nantucket Memorial Expands & Modernizes Without Losing Island Charm". Airport Improvement Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
- "Nantucket, MA: Nantucket Memorial (ACK)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. May 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- Nantucket Memorial Airport (official site)
- The meaning of "ACK"
- (PDF), effective August 17, 2017
- Resources for this airport: